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CSX - Haverstraw Tunnel

Photo 

Haverstraw Tunnel

north portal

Photo from old postcard

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BH Photo #474363

Map 

Description 

Originally built by the New York, West Shore & Buffalo railroad in 1882-3. Seems to have been modified around the time of the 1902-4 upgrades to this line based on present photos of a concrete north portal similar to that on the Fort Montgomery tunnel. Additionally, the 1897 silent film shows a rock portal at the north end. Currently single-tracked for clearance purposes and sees upwards of 30 trains per day.

Facts 

Overview
Tunnel under Palisades on CSX River Subdivision
Location
Haverstraw, Rockland County, New York
Status
Open to traffic
History
Built 1882, likely modified 1902-4 based on portal design
Railroads
- CSX Railroad (CSX)
- Conrail (CR)
- New York Central Railroad (NYC)
- New York, West Shore & Buffalo Railroad (NYWS&B)
- Penn Central Railroad (PC)
- West Shore Railroad (WSH)
Design
Tunnel
Dimensions
Total length: 1,600.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.17193, -73.94134   (decimal degrees)
41°10'19" N, 73°56'29" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/588804/4558383 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Haverstraw
Inventory number
BH 64328 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • June 24, 2020: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 30, 2014: Added by Ian Martin

Sources 

  • Ian Martin
  • Wikipedia - Early silent film featuring the tunnel
  • Geoff Hubbs